Florence Drummond is one of those people you can?t help but admire.? At just 35, the proud Wuthathi woman runs a successful small business, works as a machine operator at Rio Tinto, and is the co-founder of Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia (IWIMRA).
What is IWIMRA?
IWIMRA was established by Drummond to provide a network to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the mining and resources sector around Australia. Born through a desire to give back and reconnect to country, the organisation aspires to create a national framework that will support Indigenous women who wish to excel within the mining sector and promote positive role models and mentors within the industry. IWIMRA encourages positive messages about women in all mining industry roles and students striving towards careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Given that the mining and resources sector is the largest employer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia (second only to Government), it is essential that positive stories are identified and shared. Mentors are identified and made accessible to positively impact and encourage the younger generation in the communities in which we belong. There is genuine opportunity to be the best examples of ourselves for each other and to proactively break the cycle of systemic deficiencies in our narrative.
Earlier this year Florence was recognised for her work with IWIMRA, and named Weipa?s Citizen of the Year. She was also a finalist in the Queensland Resources Council Awards for Women. ?Coming from a minority group and also living in a remote area, I definitely wasn?t confident in standing up for myself and what I believe in. I didn?t expect to make change and have a voice big enough to make a difference at industry level, especially in such a male-dominated industry? she says.
And in March she flew to New York as the only delegate from Torres Strait Island to the United Nations 63rd Commission on the Status of Women!
Baldman Consulting has recently signed an MOU with IWIMRA to formalise our commitment to support Florence and IWIMRA. The sponsorship agreement will see Baldman Consulting & Baldman Social manage IWIMRA?s marketing efforts allowing Florence to focus on her considerable workload and the important work she is doing.
Florence, we salute you! Your mission to connect every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman working in the mining and resources industry across Australia, and to support each other on their career journey is something we believe in very much.
Visit www.iwimra.com and follow IWIMRA on Facebook.